HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Hysterectomy Recovery Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


Road Trips after Hysterectomy

From the Hysterectomy Recovery Articles List

Road Trips after HysterectomyHow soon can I travel after my hysterectomy? How long is too long in a car?

Your doctor is really the only one who can advise you on how long to wait after your hysterectomy before traveling. Many HysterSisters say they couldn't handle even short car rides for the first few days, and long car rides were out of the question for several weeks. Some women don't have a choice because their hospital is hours away from home, but if you have a choice, you should avoid car rides for those first few weeks.

One HysterSister compared early post-op car rides to riding a mechanical bull. Keeping yourself upright through the stopping, going, and turning in a car uses more abdominal strength than you may realize. Also, small bumps in the road that were negligible before your hysterectomy may be intolerable for a while afterward.

Furthermore, keep in mind that the farther you travel, the farther you will be away from your doctor. Should post-op complications arise, you would have to see a doctor who is completely unfamiliar with your medical history. Also, your insurance may not cover damages to your surgery if you did not get doctor clearance to travel. If you have to travel, make sure you contact your insurance company first so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

When you are ready to travel, here are some tips to make the car ride more comfortable:
  • Talk to your doctor about medication to help with pain and/or nausea for the trip.
  • Get a driver—a GOOD driver. If your driver is usually a little reckless, make a special request that he be extra considerate of your healing process.
  • Wear compression stockings to help with circulation.
  • Bring a pillow. You will tire easily and will need a good place to rest your head.
  • Stop every thirty minutes to stretch and move your legs.
  • Drink plenty of water and/or other non-caffeinated, non-carbonated beverages. This will keep you hydrated and help prompt those frequent stops!
  • Don't go any farther than you have to. Break long driving trips into shorter sections. You might actually get to see sights you would have passed otherwise!
  • Bring a barf bag/bucket. Hopefully it won't come to that, but it's always good to be prepared.

As you travel, be on the alert for any signs of blood clots. If you experience any pain in the leg or thigh, if there is swelling or heat at the site of the pain, fever, shortness of breath, or any upper back pain, seek medical attention immediately. All symptoms do not have to be present.

To help prevent clots, keep your legs mobile. Keep your feet as far in front of you as possible rather than constantly bent at the knee. Picture a garden hose with a kink in it. The water cannot flow freely through the hose if it is kinked. It's much the same with your legs. If the leg is bent at the knee, the blood cannot flow freely.

Knowing the risks and necessary precautions before starting your trip may help prevent medical complications and make your trip more comfortable and pleasant.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-25-2013 - 11:17 AM


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!

HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.

HysterSisters Articles

Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor

Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Eve LaValley Willsey, M.D.
5821 Jameson Court
Carmichael CA 95608
(916) 486-0411
Susan D. Hunter, M.D.
626 Ed Carey Dr
Harlingen TX 78550
Siobhan Kehoe, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
Aileen Caceres, M.D.
Center for Specialized Gynecology/Florida Hospital
410 Celebration Place, Suite 302
Celebration FL 34747
(407) 303-4573
Joseph S. Valenti, M.D.
2805 S. Mayhill Road
Denton TX 76208
940 591-6700
Jenifer Burkhalter, M.D.
8170 Laguna Blvd #304
Elk Grove CA 95758
Kym Boyman, M.D.
1775 Williston Rd., Ste. 110
South Burlington VT 05403
Mark Richey, M.D.
1200 Airport Heights
Ste 205
Anchorage AK 99508
Eric Grossman, M.D.
903 Sheppard Road
Voorhees NJ 08043
(856) 772-2300


Hysterectomy News

June 18,2021


HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing